Taliesin Nexus is proud to announce that applications have launched for two more of their 2015 programs.

Liberty Lab For Film

Get a $10,000 Grant to Make a Short Film in the Liberty Lab Program!

Taliesin Nexus is seeking applications for the Liberty Lab for Film program, which provides grants of $10,000 to seven teams of filmmakers to create a short film or web series with a liberty-related theme.  Each team of two filmmakers will be assigned a mentor from among our faculty of seasoned Hollywood professionals, screenwriters and producers whose credits include hit TV shows like The Blacklist and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD, and hit movies like American Pie II and Liar Liar (with Jim Carrey).

In 100 days (beginning this June), you will write, shoot and edit a short film or web series with a production budget of $10,000 (or more), with the advice and feedback of one of our experienced mentors.  The completed films will be screened at a prestigious Hollywood theater before an audience of industry insiders.  The first- and second-rated films will win $2000 and $1000, respectively.

Successful applicants will have some background in film or television and a sample work (script or video) to show us.  You also must submit a one-page treatment for your story idea, which must explore the theme of liberty in an interesting way.

Applying is free; the process is entirely online through the Taliesin Nexus website.  Applications are due May 15.  Go here to apply today!

(Be sure to check out Smash Cut Culture’s exclusive features on the 2014 films. The first is on When We Meet Again.)

Calliope Authors Workshop and MFA Scholarships

Announcing a new Taliesin Nexus program, the Calliope Workshop and MFA Scholarships for liberty-inspired fiction and nonfiction book authors.  The workshop takes place August 21-23 at UCLA.  And it’s all free — free tuition, free room and board, even travel for many.  We are also offering MFA scholarships for up to $3000 for aspiring authors studying for an MFA degree.

The workshop will provide invaluable feedback on your story ideas, as well as career advice from our faculty of successful writers, publishers and other industry leaders.  Click here for more information and to apply!  And please share this with your friends!